|Don enjoying a beverage - Ayakulik 2003|
|Living like refugees - our dinner 'tent' Ayakulik 2003|
After that experience, on subsequent surveys we started to bring an electric fence, inflatable canoes, a lightweight cook tent, and a few more amenities, like chairs, along on surveys. Our fence runs on aa batteries and weighs less than 10 pounds (with wire and poles), and the cook tent weighs only a couple of pounds. So we were still pretty lightweight, and this was important. For instance, it allowed us to fly 4 people and gear to Chirikof Island for a 2 week survey and fit in one load for the 2 1/2 hour floatplane trip (under 1200 pounds total).
Still when it rained or blew very hard we had to take down our cook tent. Also, we barely fit inside and it was sort of like a weird game of Twister to get everyone situated for meals. We thought we had it pretty good, but bad weather meant we were tent bound for the duration. There really was no way to warm up and dry gear - the only option was to wear more clothes or hunker down in your sleeping bag.
|Camp on Chirikof Island 2005 complete with electric fence|
|Catherine, Mark and Don living large in the Black Diamond Mega Light - Red Lake 2004|
The next step in our field camp evolution was teepees with woodstoves. And this was HUGE. But to read about it you will have to wait until my next post. Patrick